My life was once changed by an orthodontist as he gifted me with the inspiring smile that I have today. I knew from an early age that if I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to do the same thing for others then that was what I wanted to do. After growing up around Atlanta, I began my path to becoming an orthodontist by graduating from Berry College in Rome, Georgia where I fell in love with the mountains. I then accepted the Army’s Health Professional Scholarship and went on to the University of Alabama in Birmingham for dental school. I entered the Army immediately after dental school and completed an additional one-year Advanced General Dentistry program with the Army at Fort Carson before being sent to Germany. I was then selected as 1 of only 3 dentists the Army trains every year to become an orthodontist and went to The University of Louisville for my orthodontic training. During these 2 years of specialty training I also received my Master’s degree in Oral Biology. The Army then sent our family to Fort Hood, Texas to serve as both an orthodontist and to teach orthodontics for the Uniformed Service University in their Two-year Advanced General Dentistry training program.
I spent 10 years in the United States Army, as a primary care dentist for 4 years and as an orthodontist for 6 years, so I could gain the necessary experience to open East Tennessee Orthodontics. It was an amazing time treating our Armed Forces and I’m proud to say that I’m a veteran of this great nation who now is honored to treat the great people of Eastern Tennessee!
I have been married to my wonderful wife Kelly for 12 years and we have 3 amazing children. Our boys Landon and Judah are nine and seven and love sports, the outdoors, and of course video games. Our daughter Selah, who is two, enjoys trying to keep up with her brothers. As a family we enjoy organized sports (where I help coach baseball and soccer), mountain biking, hiking, watersports and snow skiing. We also enjoy being involved in church ministry. In our last church home in Texas, Grace Bible Church, I served as a deacon and both Kelly and I served as Children’s Ministry Directors before moving to East Tennessee.